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Beautiful Shabby Chic Wedding Along a River — Real Weddings

We have an inspiring wedding to share with you today complete with a shabby chic theme, blush pink color palette, whimsical entertainment for guests, and handmade details you’ll want to steal for your own wedding! This beautiful day, captured by Shutterfreek, took place at a private location on the Animas River in Farmington, New Mexico. Morgan & Brycen didn’t miss a thing when it came to delighting and entertaining their guests. They included a breathtaking ceremony along a river, handmade signage, floral arch, guest book Jenga pieces, gorgeous floral arrangements, a romantically lit tented reception under the stars, music, dancing, yard games, and a sparkler send off. Our favorite detail is the different “bars” they set up everywhere for guests including a custom dessert bar, lemonade bar, and ice cream bar. Gather ideas for your own wedding with these inspiring details…

Shabby Chic Wedding Along a River | Beautiful River Weddings | photo: shutterfreek

Is the Cost of Open Bar at Weddings *Really* Worth It?

Hello, loves! Today we’re tackling the hot topic of whether the cost of an open bar at weddings is worth it. Yesterday we received an email from soon-to-be weds, Ben and Sophie, who are getting married in May. They recently picked their wedding venue and now they’re tackling the high cost of an open bar. They ask,

Hey, Emmaline! We’re torn on this one: should we have an open bar at our wedding? Or do you think guests are OK with cash bar instead? It’s more of a cost issue than anything and we can’t decide if we should cut our bar budget. What do you think?

Open Bar Set Up for Wedding | photo: gina and ryan | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/cost-bar-weddings/

photo: gina and ryan via style me pretty

Read on to find out more!

Giveaway: Win Save the Date Cards with Envelopes

Did you just set the date? Congrats! It’s time to tell your guests with a save the date! Enter for a chance to win ’em for FREE only at Emmaline Bride. But first, did you subscribe yet? I know, we keep asking, but seriously… you totally should.

Happy Friday! Emma here and it feels like I just was saying Happy Monday. Where did this week go?! Anyways, we’re so excited to share the newest giveaway with you, one that will definitely come in handy if you’re ready to share your wedding date with guests. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Carryn over at Golden Silhouette, maker of beautiful paper goods for weddings, to offer a set of FREE save the date cards with envelopes. These save the date cards feature a dancing diagram design (it’s so adorable!) and you even get matching kraft envelopes. Take a look!

Save the Date Cards with Envelopes

Here’s a preview:

Dancing Diagram Save the Date Cards with Envelopes

by golden silhouette

Dancing Diagram Save the Date Cards with Envelopes

by golden silhouette

Win 30 Save the Date Cards with Envelopes

Enter for a chance to win!

o Enter between 3/20/15-3/26/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Thirty (30) Save the Date Cards with Envelopes by Golden Silhouette

About the Prize: 30 Dancing Diagram Save the Dates printed on beautiful white linen and paired with kraft paper or gold shimmer envelopes

Note: If additional quantities are needed, the winner will need to notify Golden Silhouette and arrange for payment.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $125 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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Good luck!


Bust a Move! » Photo of the Day

It’s time to bust a move! We hope this photo of the day has you gearing up for this weekend’s weddings. The photo was taken by Christina from Nina Lily Photography a couple’s wedding at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. For wedding-goers this weekend, get ready to work your stuff!

Bust a Move

Bust a Move Philadelphia wedding, bride and groom dance at the national constitution center

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7 First Dance Mistakes to Avoid

Today we’re talking about the first dance at your wedding, a topic not discussed very often. However, we feel it is an important part of your reception: it is, after all, your first official dance and the song you pick will be your song. So, today we’re sharing seven first dance mistakes to avoid to ensure yours goes off without a hitch. Also, tell us: what song have you picked for your first dance?

First Dance Mistakes to Avoid - cool aerial shot by tony gajate

photo: tony gajate via bridal guide

First Dance Mistakes to Avoid

MISTAKE #1: The Too-Long Song.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: when A & I originally picked our first dance song, it was EIGHT minutes long. Mind you, we were slightly kidding when we mentioned it to our DJ, but thankfully he was totally against it. He (gently) told us to, um, maybe scale back a bit. (Can you really imagine dancing for eight minutes straight?) Me & A’s first dance song was The Other Half of Me by Bobby Darin, one of our all-time favorites. Our Bobby Darin number came in at a sweet two minutes and twenty-nine seconds. And, come to think of it, it was the perfect amount of time. If your song is too long, guests will start to get bored; I mean, you’re really just twirling for minutes on end. They can really only watch for so long. Likewise, if your song is too short, you’ll feel cheated out of the moment. Pick something in-between and it will be just right.

First Dance Mistakes to Avoid (photo: Emily Clack, cute couple first #wedding dance)

photo: emily clack photography | see the real wedding

MISTAKE #2: The Timing.

The first dance is usually held immediately after dinner and ‘kicks off’ the dancing portion of the evening. Don’t wait too long after dinner or guests will be eager to dance and will have to wait.

MISTAKE #3: The Awkwardly Slow Song.

If you and your spouse-to-be aren’t slow dancers, don’t pick a slow song. Instead, pick a song that you feel comfortable dancing to. Also, super-slow songs can be really hard to dance to anyway. Make a list of at least three songs and give them a try before the big day.

MISTAKE #4: Forgetting to practice.

As mentioned in #3, you’ll want to practice your first dance before the big day. It doesn’t have to be a big to-do… just play some music in your living room and dance along to it. You’ll know right away if the song is too fast, too slow, or just right. If you can’t dance, be sure to take dance lessons before the big day.

MISTAKE #5: Forgetting to test the shoes.

And, while you’re at it, be sure to practice in the shoes you’ll be wearing at your wedding. It makes all the difference. If you’re nervous about wearing heels and being able to dance, bring along a pair of flats.

7 First Dance Mistakes to Avoid (photo: debi parker)

photo: debi parker | see the real wedding

MISTAKE #6: Not reading over the lyrics.

Before you finalize your song, read over the lyrics carefully. There are so many songs I’ve heard that people think are perfect for a first dance, but once you really read the lyrics it turns out the song isn’t romantic at all! Do your homework first just in case.

MISTAKE #7: Trying too hard.

Don’t try so hard! Just relax, focus on your spouse, and enjoy the moment in the spotlight.

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Don’t Forget to Commemorate It

Once your first dance song becomes ‘your song’, you should commemorate it. A piece of art for your home is one such idea. For instance, you can have one of your favorite wedding photos turned into a canvas with the song lyrics in the background. We love these! (By Geezees).

First Dance Lyrics on Canvas (by Geezees)First Dance Lyrics on Canvas (by Geezees)


So, tell us: what’s your first dance song?


Do you have any first dance mistakes to add to the list?

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

Want to entertain guests at a wedding? Wondering what you can do to make your reception fun for guests who don’t like to dance, or while guests wait for the reception to begin? We’ve rounded up some of our best entertaining ideas for your wedding from lawn games to a kissing booth — even a life-size Jenga game. Read on to find out more…

how to entertain guests at a wedding

via bz events / photo credit: bonnie berry photography

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

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1. Wedding Lawn Games

Corn Toss

Another classic wedding lawn game is corn toss. One of our favorite custom corn toss games is handmade by Style My Corntoss, where you can order one made for your wedding (shown below).

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by style my corntoss / photo credit: shyla photography

Aren’t these custom toss bags cute, too?

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by style my corntoss / photo credit: shyla photography

Lawn Jenga

This might be the most brilliant lawn game yet: lawn jenga! It’s HUGE!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - lawn jenga!
photo via hgtv, jenga set: via

Immediately I knew I had to find out where to buy these…. and, I found them! You can buy a set here.

2. Wedding Kissing Booth

Create a custom kissing booth! Utilize in lieu of a receiving line, where guests can step up and say hello to the newly wedded couple. Or, use as a darling backdrop for couples to kiss in as a photo booth.

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - wedding kissing booth

photo credit: josh goleman

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

photo credit: josh goleman

3. Hire a Silhouette Artist

For a bit of fun mid-reception, hire a silhouette artist to create silhouette drawings for guests! This doubles as a unique wedding favor, too!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Silhouette Artist

by cut arts / photo credit: kim le photography

Or, have guests paste them into a book with their names written underneath. What a unique twist on a traditional guest book!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by cut arts / photo credit: kim le photography

4. Photo Booth

What could be more fun than a photo booth at a wedding? A photo booth guarantees guests will be smiling all night long (and guests will love the keepsake snapshots).

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Photo Booth

photo credit: abigail seymour

5. Plenty of Dancing

Guests LOVE to dance. Make sure you have ample dance floor space and excellent music playing all night long. Most of all, make sure you and your groom are out there dancing, too. It’s the best way to keep the party going!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Dancing

photo credit: altmix photography via the loveliest day

A few more ideas we love include a cupcake and champagne cocktail hour, a 90’s cover band, a caricaturist, an ice cream bar, a bon fire, sky lanterns at night, and a sparkler grand exit. Remember, it’s your wedding day so tie in fun elements you and the groom love and guests will enjoy it, too!

Don’t forget to entertain kids, too! Click here for a fun post just for the kiddos.

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There’s more wedding inspiration coming up next! Stay tuned!

Happy Planning!


P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaway yet?

Destination Wedding Florida: Love, Sand, Dance

We’re featuring an inspirational destination wedding from New England photographer Amanda Borozinski! Boro Creative Visions Photography.

“I recently photographed a destination wedding in Florida.  I met the bride at a wedding I was shooting in NH, she lives in DC and the grooms family all lives in Florida. I was honored to be invited to be a part of this unique, creative wedding.

The best part? The dancing EVERYONE got into it. Kids, grandparents, both sides of the family… I was even forced to dance one song :)

It was such a celebration of love and the joining of two lives.”

Want to view more images? Check out Amanda’s website here.

All images courtesy of Boro Creative Visions Photography. All Rights Reserved.